Office of Inspector General (OIG)

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) ensures Departmental transparency in its activities, and the actions of its employees. The OIG conducts independent reviews and investigations to promote unbiased adherence to statutes and regulations, and conformity to Agency policies.

OIG is staffed with certified law enforcement personnel skilled in specialized administrative and criminal investigative techniques. The scope of OIG functions includes:

  • The prevention and detection of fraud and abuse in all SC Department of Social Services programs and operations
  •  The review of Departmental actions which indicate unethical behavior, misrepresentation or falsification of information, and retaliation
  • Conducts investigations into allegations of criminal activity involving Agency programs, property, employees, contractors and vendors
  • Investigates allegations of SNAP Fraud over $10,000, through the Investigative Services Division (ISD)
  • Performs criminal background investigations on behalf of the Department’s programs through the Criminal Records Unit (CRU)

To ensure the welfare and safety of all DSS employees OIG coordinates its efforts through the following:

Employee Safety and Law Enforcement Liaison Program

Assist county management with strengthening their rapport with law enforcement Encourage continuous communication between child welfare management and local law enforcement officials and educate local law enforcement on current child welfare issues and provide updates on changing child welfare laws.

Employee Secondary Trauma Support
This unit addresses issues that may adversely affect SCDSS employees’ ability to successfully function, both professionally and personally, due to secondary exposure to traumatic events SCDSS takes a proactive stance in assuring that all Agency employees are assisted in addressing Secondary Trauma issues that may be impeding their ability to successfully function in their activities of daily living.

Investigative Services Division
This division is organized by two operational units: the Case Intake Unit (CIU) and the Investigative Services Unit (ISU). The CIU is responsible for monitoring the Fraud Complaint Hotline and Website. The ISD, comprised of administrative investigators and law enforcement personnel ISD investigative personnel conduct administrative, regulatory and criminal investigations on behalf of the Agency and also at the direction of the SC DSS State Director.

Criminal Records Unit
Is responsible for processing SLED/FBI fingerprint-based criminal history records results to determine if an applicant can foster a child, adopt a child, and/or work with children in a child care or group home setting. This unit also Processes SLED name-based criminal history background checks via SLED LEMS: WEB for DSS foster care and adoption applicants and for child placing agencies (foster care/adoptions) licensed by SCDSS. National Crime Information Center (NCIC) National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) checks are also processed on licensed group home employees.

Disaster Response 
During an emergency or disaster, such as a hurricane or ice storm, the staff at South Carolina Department of Social Services provides immediate support to South Carolina citizens. Our staff works to ensure minimal disruption of services, such as childcare, in the aftermath of a disaster and provide social services or benefits to qualifying families. DSS also offers disaster preparedness information and training throughout the year for foster parents, group homes and childcare providers in South Carolina. For more information click here:  https://dss.sc.gov/about/disaster-response/

 

Points of Contact
Inspector General
     Anthony J. Sellers
     (803) 898-8017

Employee Safety & Law Enforcement Liaison
     Larry McNeil, Director
     (803) 904-3550
     larry.mcneil@dss.sc.gov

Employee Secondary Trauma Support Unit
     Susan Meyer, Program Manager
     Mobile (803) 605-1795 
     susan.meyer@dss.sc.gov

Investigative Services Division
     Jeremy Days, Special Agent in Charge
     (803) 898-7604 / (803) 521-9466
     jeremy.days@dss.sc.gov

Criminal Records Unit
     Eva Gourdine, Director
     (803) 898-8005
     eva.gourdine@dss.sc.gov

Disaster Response
     Robert Burress, Program Manager
     Office (803) 898-1573
     Mobile (803) 636-6600
     robert.burress@dss.sc.gov